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by chrome_dome » Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:39 am
I went out to try my new spey rod I just completed and found that either the line set-up or my casting ability seemed off. I did manage to catch 3 smallmouth bass while I was casting. I used a different spey rod last year and casting was ok. This one did not seem to load properly.
Current line set-up:
Airflo NW Skagit Head 7/8 (32' head 42' total lentgh). Added to this is a 9ft section of CCT 200 that came with the Skagit head.
Ridge Running line .30
I did notice a slight improvement when I brought the line up to where the running line and head join. It semmed that with some of my casts the tip and leader landed in one heep.
Any recommendations or things to change? Is this the best option for this rod? Anyone using this rod with a better line configuration? Any casting methods that work well with sink tips?
by David Dornblaser » Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:32 am
I cast that rod with a Delta 7/8 and it was a nice combo. If you are not interested in lines like the WC or Delta, I would be reaching for Scandi rather than Skagit lines for that rod.
by Kory » Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:38 am
That rod handles sweet with the Airflo Skagit 7/8. I would say it has to be something with your timing. I am not an expert, but it sounds to me that you are overpowering the rod and not letting the rod do the work...
by Kory » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:38 pm
So would you run normal 15' tips on that AFS head? It states that you can cast it anyway "overhead, underhand, or spey casts" , but am I assuming right when I say it is mainly designed for underhand casting?
by David Dornblaser » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:49 pm
I am not clear on what the new AFS offerings will be after the September show. The threads on the speypages.com help only a little. I am going to order one of the current floaters and then wait to see what info gets updated on Rio site.
by fisherking » Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:26 pm
I'd be curious to see what they've come up with for sinking lines. I was under the impression that it would just be floating heads. Hope these perform better than their old Scandinavian shooting heads which were awful.
by fisherking » Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:08 pm
Got away from your original question. Sorry about that. First question would be how well that D-loop is forming. Whenever my my cast fails to fully extend, I either failed to get a good anchor placement or botched the D-loop. Either way there's not enough energy in the forward cast for a nice clean layout. Is it a particular cast where this is evident? I personally get better turn over using the circle-spey and even better when kack-handed.
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